The election is less than a month away. The polls are extremely close-this will be one of the closest elections of our lifetimes, up there with Bush versus Gore in 2000. Democrats could maintain control of the Senate. Or extremist Republicans could take control. Nobody is certain what will happen in the next few weeks. Please donate here now so we can continue to support our progressive candidates.
Democrats have changed the rules on nomination to prevent Republicans from blocking and delaying President Obama's nominations. Continued Democratic control of the Senate will allow the Senate to confirm President Obama's cabinet secretaries, judges, commissioners, and other officials. These nominees are essential for protecting woman's rights, protecting gay rights, and protecting the environment.
By contrast, under a Republican-controlled Senate, the gatekeeper for nominations would be new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He has been a tireless enemy of everything we, as progressives, stand for. NO nominee will get either a hearing or a vote without his approval. And most likely, Senator McConnnell, with his history of scorched-earth tactics, will block all nominees until a Republican is elected to the White House.
But let me tell you what we can do about this right now. The election will turn on the voters making up their mind in the next few weeks. Every election , a small number of voters, who are too busy or simply disinterested in politics, wait until the last minute to decide how to vote. These late deciders usually make up around 2% of the electorate. This year, the 2% of late deciders will be decisive.
Any money we spend on reaching voters right now will be decisive. Any money spent right now can be the difference between Democratic and Republican control of the Senate. Please send a donation right now, to keep Mitch McConnell from crippling President Obama's last 2 years in the White House. The future of our country will be determined by what happens in the next few week.
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I'm not going to sugar-coat this. With the election just over a month away, extremist conservative Republicans are inches away from winning control of the Senate. They need six seats to take control, and currently they are ahead in five races and dead even in one more.
With control of the Senate, Republicans are planning on blocking all of President Obama's nominees. With only two years remaining until the Obama Administration ends, Republicans would simply run out the clock on nominations, until they get the president they want.
This includes the Supreme Court. Out of the current members, the average age is 68, and four justices on the Supreme Court are over 75. Any member of the Court could die or retire at any time.
Much is on the line. There have been a number of recent 5-4 decisions from the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts, covering everything from access to birth control and abortion, to air pollution and climate change, to campaign finance and the right to vote. Roberts and his fellow conservative Republicans would love nothing better than to get another vote on the Court. If that happens, we are likely to be headed toward an era of coat-hanger abortions, poisonous air and water, and new restrictions preventing Democrats from being able to win elections at all. We can't let extremist Republicans dictate the direction of the Supreme Court.
This is why the Senate race in Iowa is so important. Many experts call it the closest Senate race in the country – the one that will determine if Democrats or Republicans control the Senate, and possibly the Supreme Court. Our endorsed candidate, progressive Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, is running against extremist, conservative, anti-choice, anti-environment, anti-gay Republican Joni Ernst.
We are doing everything we can to elect Rep. Braley to the Senate, and maintain Democratic control of the Senate. But we need your help to make it across the finish line. Please make a donation right now of whatever you can afford.
Together, we can elect Bruce Braley to the Senate. Together, we can stop the Republican takeover of the Senate. Together, we can stop the conservative takeover of the Supreme Court. Together, we can put a stop to Republican extremism.
DAPAC supports progressive Congressional challengers. That's our mission; that's our passion. We interview dozens of candidates from around the country and talk to them not only about what kind of race they are going to run, but what kind of policies they favor. We screen every candidate to see where they stand on the issues that matter most.
We only endorse progressive candidates. When you give to DAPAC you know that these are the kinds of men and women you are helping to elect to Congress.
All our candidates:
- are 100% Pro-Choice.
- support stronger GBLT rights.
- support working family and union rights.
- support honest and Democratic markets and businesses.
- support publicly funded universal healthcare.
- support strong environmental protection.
- oppose the Patriot Act.
- oppose the Iraq War.
- oppose the Death Penalty.
DAPAC is working to rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up - to support strong candidates who will give voice to the issues that matter most.
Endorsed Candidates for 2014
Bruce Braley, Iowa www.brucebraley.com
Jeff Merkley, Oregon http://www.jeffmerkley.com/
Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania http://joesestak.com/
House of Representative:
Pete Aguilar, CA-31 http://www.peteaguilar.com/
Will Bronson, FL-17 www.bronson-for-congress.com
Jim Bryan, FL-01 jimbryanforcongress.org
Alan Cohn, FL-15 cohnforcongress2014.com
Dan Cramer, TN-07 http://www.dancramerforcongress.com/
Keith Ellison, FL-19 www.keithellison.org
April Freeman, FL-19 http://www.aprilfreeman.com/
Lawrence Gaughan, VA-05 gaughanforcongress.com
Luis Gutierrez, IL-04
Alan Grayson FL-08 congressmanwithguts.com
Mary Headrick, TN-03 http://www.maryheadrick.com/
Robin Kelly, IL-02 http://robinkellyforcongress.org/
Dave Koller, FL-11, http://www.davekoller.com/
Ted Lieu, CA-33 www.tedlieu.com
Michael McKenna, FL-10 www.mckennaforcongress.com
Gwen Moore, WI-04 http://www.gwenmooreforcongress.com/
Shaughnessy Naughton, PA-08 www.shaughnessyforcongress.com
Wes Neuman, FL-07 www.wesneuman.com
Andy Ostrowski, PA-11 andyostrowski.com
Tom Poetter, OH-08 www.poetterforcongress.com
Domenic Recchia, NY-11 www.recchiaforcongress.com
Gabriel Rothblath, FL-08 gabrielrothblattforcongress.us
Bobby Rush, IL-01
Sharon Sund, MN-03 www.votesharonsund.com
Marihelen Wheeler, FL-03 wheelerforflorida3.com
Rob Zerban, WI-01 http://www.robzerban.com/
Sandra Fluke, CA-26 www.standwithsandra.org
Josh Maxwell, PA-74 http://www.joshmaxwell.com/
Wendy Davis, Texas Governor www.wendydavistexas.com
Mark Schauer, Michigan Governor http://markschauer.com/
Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Governor www.wolfforpa.com
Candidate winners of 2012-2013
House of Representatives:
Alan Grayson FL-08 congressmanwithguts.com
Alan is running in a newly redrawn District which favors Democrats. He was defeated by a Tea Party wave in a much more conservative district. He is an aggressive outspoken liberal candidate who favors economic policies to support the 99% and good paying jobs.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM-01 www.michellelujangrisham.net
In her early law career she worked hard to protect and represent seniors' rights, so much so she was appointed Secretary of Aging and Long Term Services. She was also head of the New Mexico Department of Health where she helped to fight to make sure every child had access to primary health care.
Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor http://www.billdeblasio.com/
Previous DAPAC Endorsed Candidates who have been elected to Congress
Bruce Braley, IA 1
Joe Courtney, CT 2
Martin Heinrich, NM 1
Jim Himes, CT 4
Paul Hodes, NH 2
Mary Jo Kilroy, OH 15
Gary Peters, MI 9
Chellie Pingree, ME 1
Jared Polis, CO 2
Allyson Schwartz, PA 13
Joe Sestak, PA 7
Chris Van Hollen, MD 8
John Yarmuth, KY 3